Black Market Cosmetic Butt Injections Sicken Six Women

Six women face serious infections after getting shots with an unknown substance.

ByABC News
March 9, 2010, 5:48 PM

March 10, 2010— -- New Jersey doctors uncovered a black market of cosmetic butt enhancement injections when half a dozen women showed up at hospitals with skin infections and abscesses on their bottoms this week.

State health officials are still trying to discover who was responsible for the dangerous infections, and what substance was being injected into the women's rear ends.

"By state regulation hospitals and health care providers are supposed to report any unusual outbreaks," said Dr. Tina Tan, a New Jersey state epidemiologist.

"This was certainly unusual," she said. "We're still not entirely sure what was injected."

It's not the first time a group of women ended up in the hospital with a mysterious substance injected into their behinds.

"Usually it's industrial silicone, it's the stuff that you buy at Home Depot," said Dr. Renato Saltz, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Tan has also seen reports of caulk and petroleum jelly injected in black market cosmetic procedure rings.

In January 2009, authorities in Tampa, Fla., arrested Sharhonda Lindsay, 33, for allegedly injecting two acquaintances' with a product believed to be a homemade combination of commercial silicone gel and saline. The women apparently went to Lindsay to enhance the appearance of their buttocks, according to police reports.

According to Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County, Fla., Sheriff's Department, one of the two women who received the injections paid $500 for 40 injections into her buttocks, and the other paid $250 for 20 injections.

J.D. Callaway, another spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department, said Lindsay -- who is not a doctor -- has been charged with two counts of practicing medicine without a license. The charge is a third-degree felony that he said could carry a sentence of five years in prison.

Several calls to Lindsay's listed home phone number showed that the number had been disconnected.